Book Review and Tour Stop
by: Brooklyn Skye
★★★★ 4 Stars
Blurb ~ “I like you.” His voice is low and soft, which I don’t deserve. I look away, down the rutted parking lot.
“Don’t... waste those words on me.”
He touches my cheek. “You just need someone to show you.”
“No.” I ease back again. “I don’t. So please, Torrin, stop trying to swoop in and save me. I don’t need saving.”
College freshman Quinn Montgomery will do anything to avoid the mistake her sister made—killing herself over a boy. But when she is forced into nude modeling at a local college to support her family after a bankruptcy, she begins to crack, just enough to let Torrin, the university’s top varsity oarsman, see that the real Quinn is not as feisty and unapproachable as she wants everyone to think. But letting someone in comes at a steep cost and, it turns out, Torrin is connected to Quinn’s family in more ways than she could ever imagine.
*ARC received from author for Honest Review*
How far would you go to stay in school? If taking your clothes off for an art class was the best way to make money could you do it? Quinn’s dad makes a huge error in judgment, losing his teaching job or should I say quitting after a huge scandal, and causing Quinn to transfer schools and face giving up her education all together. She’s of course filled with tons of anger when her life is trampled by her father’s decision. When faced with the decision of quitting school or taking her clothes off for money she sees no other option. The downside-her new ‘job’ is at her old school, where everyone knows her father and what he did. Can Quinn stay anonymous long enough???
“You’re not a sexual object to them, but a muse for art. They are going to scrutinize every inch of you, and they will portray your every imperfection. That’s what they’re graded on.”
Quinn has a hard time accepting her fate. While blowing off steam on her old campus, Quinn meets Torrin. She’s anything but a welcoming friend. Her brash, rude and sometimes mean comments don’t turn him away like she hopes and over time, Quinn lets him in. But Torrin has secrets of his own. Once she finally lets him in, Torrin’s secrets are revealed and they are a lot worse than Quinn ever expected. How can she forgive him, herself or even her father? Faced with the memory of a sister who fell in love and couldn't handle it thus taking her own life, Quinn is not too open to love in any form.
Torrin squeezes his way into her heart, slowly chipping away the ice that holds her heart together and makes her face more truths about herself and her family than she was ever ready for. Even the truth about her sister’s untimely death is resolved and Quinn is left questioning her own choices and life when faced with the horrible truth. Can she forgive her sister for leaving? And her father for his error in judgment which led to their family being run through the mud in the press?
Stripped was a great read. Quinn is faced with so many hard truths and realities that the poor thing has nowhere to turn and no one to trust. Faced with hard decisions about her future she doesn't know where to turn. Taking her clothes off was never a plan in her mind but she refuses to give up. Even after the world around her crumbles she refuses to back down and making money to stay in school is all she can do. The decision to take her clothes off is not easy and you struggle right along with her. She’s amazingly strong though sometimes abrasive and vulgar, who can blame her after the hell her life has become. When Torrin’s truths are revealed, Quinn is left questioning everything and everyone she blamed. Can she forgive them and live a happy life? I definitely recommend Stripped. It was a quick, interesting read that will suck you in and have you following Quinn’s journey hoping all along the way that things work to in the end. If NA is your pleasure, Stripped will pleasantly surprise you. It reminded me of Picture Perfect by Alessandra Thomas, though where Cat is a nude model by choice, Quinn’s decision to take her clothes off is one of life or death. I look forward to what comes next from Brooklyn Skye.
“I suspect he’s a nice guy and is no immediate threat to my vagina, but I have to stop this before he gets the idea I’m a normal dateable girl.” -Quinn
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